Study Sheds Light On Willingness Of American Adults To Get Vaccinated – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – For months, health officials have been saying vaccinations are the only way out of this pandemic.
Now, a study by Brigham and Women’s Hospital of 10,000+ adults shows that nearly two-thirds said they received a COVID-19 vaccine would definitely or most likely get a COVID-19 vaccine if they could.
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“There are many people willing to get the vaccine as soon as possible,” said Mark Czeisler, who co-authored the study.
The study ran from late 2020 to mid-March 2021 and also found that nearly 70% of pregnant respondents got their vaccine when they could.
“It would be helpful to take advantage of this willingness because the mRNA vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective in pregnant women with immune transmission to their offspring,” said Czeisler.
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Children ages 12-15 are the newest group to be eligible for the COVID vaccine. The survey shows that parents’ intentions to vaccinate their children are largely the same as their own.
“With regard to population immunity, it will be crucial to ensure that children are vaccinated when they are available,” said Czeisler.
Researchers say now is the time to tailor vaccination education to people who are still undecided and make sure anyone who wants to get the vaccine has access to it.
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Health officials said booster shots might be needed across the board to protect against COVID-19. The survey shows that most people who have already received the vaccine are willing to get a booster as soon as possible.